Plant Information

Plant Information

Dawn Redwood

Dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)

Planting Site:

Dawn redwood is an ancient tree species once believed to be extinct until it was rediscovered in inland China in 1941. It reaches more than 50 feet in height. It is a deciduous conifer with feathery leaves, red-brown exfoliating bark, and a broad, rounded, pyramidal habit. The foliage changes to a pretty reddish-brown color in the fall. This tree makes a good specimen for large sites with full sun and moist, acidic soil.



Metasequoia glyptostroboides


Street: Appropriate for restricted size planting sites; recommended by the City of Chicago Urban Tree Planting List
Park/Residential: Appropriate for landscaped planting sites including public parks, residential property, golf courses, cemeteries, etc.
Legacy: For plantings with an expected life span of more than 60 years; retained 50 percent or more climate suitability in models for the decade 2080
N/R +35 yrs: Not recommended for plantings with an expected life span of more than 35 years